Kobe Bryant’s Wife Files for Divorce

Kobe Bryant will soon be a free agent. In the game of love and relationship, that is.

Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, reportedly filed for divorce from the Los Angeles Lakers star earlier this month, according to TMZ. Reports said Vanessa Bryant signed her petition for divorce on December 1, while Bryant replied on December 7. The soon-to-be ex-couple issued a statement saying that issues regarding the divorce have been settled with the assistance of their counsels. TMZ claimed that the Bryants have no prenuptial agreement, which means that Vanessa is entitled to half of the assets amassed by Bryant during their more than ten years of marriage. Kobe married Vanessa Laine on April 18, 2001.

Vanessa famously stood by her man when Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a Colorado hotel employee in 2003. The basketball star denied raping the employee, Katelyn Faber, but admitted committing an adulterous sexual encounter with the woman. Vanessa stuck with Bryant despite the incident, but a TMZ source said the Lakers all-star apparently did not learn his lesson. “She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,” the source said. “This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.”